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‘Every Good Endeavour’ will change your understanding of the working life from living for the weekend to enjoying faith-enhancing weekdays.
In today’s competitive and financially unsteady environment, workers often ask themselves difficult questions surrounding their faith:
• Can I both love God and love my work?
• How can I use my skills in my workplace for God’s purposes?
• Can I stay true to my values and still advance in my field?
• How do I make those difficult decisions in the competitive, dog-eat-dog world of the workplace?
This book is for every Christian who wants advice on how to make their work life and their faith life to complement each other. Timothy Keller wants you to know that work isn’t just a means to an end; God created you to enjoy your work. With scholarly insight, Timothy Keller proves that biblical wisdom has something to say about the modern workplace.
This up-to-date, highly relevant book for our current economic times is the incentive you need to realise that your working life is God-given, and intended for good, not grind. With the right attitude, your faith will enhance your work, and your work will develop your faith.
Every Good Endeavour by Timothy Keller was published by Hodder & Stoughton in November 2012 and is our 12905th best seller. The ISBN for Every Good Endeavour is 9781444702590.
Question: How does the gospel change our work?
Timothy Keller: "An actor, many many years ago - who’d become a Christian at Redeemer (the Church Tim pastors) came in and sat down and started asking me questions. He says ‘I’m really excited about being a Christian in every area of my life, so I have a couple of questions, for example: what kind of roles can I take? what kind of stories can I tell? Now I’m sure that I don’t just have to act in stories and plays, movies and TV shows in which a person becomes a Christian at the end - I know that. But there’s a lot of stories that seem to be not very redemptive or... maybe that story doesn’t have to be redemptive... what kind of roles can I take as a Christian? what roles can I not take?’"
Q: Connecting faith and work...
Timothy Keller: "I realised that in some areas of discipleship, because I’m theologically trained, it is almost ‘One Way’. People come and say ‘I want to know how to evangelise people better’, well alright, I know more than you do about that - I’ll help you. But when a financial person asks about short selling, when an actor comes and asks about ‘what kind of roles can I play, stories can I tell?’ I have some theological insights, the person understands their field, and we actually stand almost equal. In fellowship and community, we have to try to become wiser."
Q: Restoring God’s purpose for work...
Timothy Keller: "All work is rearranging the raw material of God’s creation, for the purpose of human flourishing. In the process you make money... and sometimes you even get self-esteem - but if money and self-esteem is the main reason you work then often the work will be very boring and it won’t add to other people’s lives."
“Every Good Endeavour takes a step back from the world of work and asks: ‘Why do we do it? Why is it so hard? And what can I do about it?’ With biblical wisdom, Tim Keller offers a Christian view that work is part of our service to others, and an expression of our worship for God. With a different attitude to work, he suggests we can release our God given creativity and passion in the workplace, and have an impact on society for good.”
"Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians." - Christianity Today magazine.
"Tim Keller's ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him." - Billy Graham.
"Whether you have been a Christian for decades or just interested in the real message of Christianity this book is worth every penny. Keller has the gift of being able to explain the message of the Bible in ways that grip you and challenge the way you think." (In response to 'The Prodigal God')
"Tim Keller writes in a clear and engaging style. I particularly like the way that he illustrates his points by drawing on other writers. The overall effect is quite persuasive." (In response to 'The Prodigal God')
Timothy Keller’s ‘Every Good Endeavour’ promises to be a truly life-changing book for those who read it and take it to heart.
Some maths: If I work forty hours a week, fifty weeks a year, from the age of eighteen until retirement at sixty I will have spent 84000 hours at work. It is important that we realise the significance that work has in our lives because otherwise we can see it just as a means to an end, a necessary evil - necessary because it pays the bills, and evil because we lack either enjoyment of it or enthusiasm for it.
We spend so long at work - 84000 hours in a lifetime - surely there is a better, a more godly approach than simply grinding away at the grindstone in a career that doesn’t bring satisfaction?
Perhaps you’re not finding it as bad as all that - maybe you’re getting by alright and you aren’t finding your job (or lack of job) tiresome and boring. You still need to read ‘Every Good Endeavour’.
Tim Keller does not simply offer remedies for those dissatisfied with their working life, oh no, he does much more than that. In actual fact, Keller sets out God’s plan for those in work - he takes a positive approach in reinforcing ideas of satisfaction through responding to God’s call to service in the workplace.
With humour, insightful advice and theological wisdom, Timothy Keller’s ‘Every Good Endeavour’ is sure to change the way you approach work.
Timothy Keller is a 62 year old pastor, church planter, speaker, apologist and author.
Tim Keller grew up in Pennsylvania, became a Christian while at University, and he went on to gain two postgraduate degrees in theology. He has a wife (Kathy) and three sons (David, Michael and Jonathan).
Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan. In just over twenty-three years, the congregation has grown from about 50 to over 5000 members, many of whom are ‘young professionals’.
The books Keller has authored focus on a range of topics, from apologetics to church planting to living the Christian life. However, ‘The Reason for God’ - Keller’s most famous work - is apologetics in nature, suggesting that belief in the God of Christianity is reasonable. In the year after its release (2008), this book appeared at number 7 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Also, Keller’s ministry extends to training church planters to work in urban settings. Those trained as part of this have so far set up churches across the globe, from Tokyo to Sydney, Cape Town to Rio and Moscow to Liverpool.
Tim Keller clearly enjoys his work. At 62, he is showing no signs of slowing down, recognising the amount he can continue to contribute to the spread of God’s kingdom through his various ministries.
Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and the President of Redeemer City to City (a church planting organization). In over ten years he has helped to launch over 200 churches in 35 cities. Now, alongside his other responsibilities, he authors bestselling books - examples include ‘The Reason for God’, and ‘The Prodigal God’.
|Author / Artist||Timothy Keller|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (November 2012)|
|Number of Pages||288|
|Page last updated||5th March 2016|